Do enlarged pores go away?
Pores are necessary for the secretion of sweat and sebum, which helps to provide the skin’s natural barrier against the environment and to keep the skin supple. This explains why people with oily skin tend to notice reduced signs of ageing compared to those with dry/ageing skin.
However, this excess oil production causes the pores to enlarge to allow the sebum to flow but pores then become clogged up with oil, dirt and skin cells. Pores cannot be removed but we can reduce the size.
Can you fix enlarged pores?
While you cannot remove pores completely you can reduce the appearance of them. Top tips to help reduce the appearance would be:
- A good homecare skin routine using medical grade products that help to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The products we recommend at Inside Aesthetics would be our ZO core products including: exfoliating cleanser, exfoliating polish, complexion pads and daily power defense.
- Professional/medical grade treatments performed every month/quarter can help target enlarged pores by removing several layers of skin or deeply cleansing pores by removing oil and dirt. The treatments we recommend:
- Hydrafacial – 6 step medical grade facial involving lymphatic drainage, deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and LED rejuvenation
- Chemical Peels – resurfacing the skin by removing the skin cells on the top-middle layer
- Microneedling – used small, sterilized needles to prick the skin to help generate new collagen, smooth, firm and tone skin and help to reduce enlarged pores.
- Laser – resurfacing the skin
- Always remove make-up and sunscreen etc before going to bed. Sleeping in make-up will only get pushed into your pores, clogging them up and causing them to expand further. Cleansing twice a day is key, especially if your skin is oily and/or acne prone.
Why are my pores so big?
Dry skin can cause pores to flatten out and appear bigger. Also, pores are a natural part of the ageing process – as collagen levels deplete and skin becomes less firm and plump the pore starts to open and appear larger. Lifestyle factors such as your job, smoking, alcohol consumption, drinking water, eating health etc all play a part in skin quality, texture and pores.